From behind Gamma Salon's futuristic, chocolate-hued salon chairs, skilled stylists attend to manes with Kérastase, L'Oréal Professional, Inoa, and Schwarzkopf products. Before the first snip, they consult with clients to determine the best cuts and hues to complement face shapes, lifestyles, and humidity levels inside spacesuits. Additionally, stylists texturize hair with perms, add volume and length with extensions, and soften and unwind curls with relaxer treatments.
The physician-supervised and highly trained staff at Norcal Medical focuses its energies on weight-loss treatments, dermal fillers, and Botox sessions. They consult with clients to find the best of five injectables to firm and hydrate their skin. Their medical-weight-loss center finds slimming strategies to suit clients of all ages, and Zerona laser liposuction helps achieve the results that diet, exercise, and constant fidgeting can't accomplish. Each painless treatment results in no redness, swelling, or downtime for clients, who can have the procedure done during their lunch breaks. Dr. Lana Burkhead presides over the clinic's celebrations of youth.
The porch swing and ceramic flower boxes may suggest that Salon Vivace is an attractive home, but a step inside reveals much more. Natural light pours through pearl curtains onto purple walls and wood cabinets filled with high-end styling products. After being greeted with coffee and biscotti, guests are then led to Monica Villescas Smith's leather styling chair, where she draws on more than eight years of experience to craft custom cuts and decorate strands with bold color treatments.
When the body is in pain, it’s difficult to clear the mind of stressful thoughts; but the body can’t fully relax until the mind first achieves inner peace. The therapists at Namaste Healing Arts seek to unravel this conundrum by relieving clients’ pain in a peaceful setting. They do this with an array of treatments, including aromatherapy, which uses scents to quell thoughts about work or overflowing hampers of clothes that now trail you to work. To match inner peace with outer beauty, an on-site shower rinses away any remaining oil, and stylists renovate strands with blowouts.
In the midst of ornate chandeliers, chocolate-colored drapery, and a spa lounge boasting complimentary drinks, Divine Skin & Body Care's team performs spa treatments just as sophisticated as the decor. Skincare specialists rely on such well-known products as glominerals, Image Skin Care, and Jan Marini as they create custom facials and chemical peels. More technologically advanced skincare treatments include Luminox Light Therapy, which depends on LED lights to combat wrinkles and blemishes, and the Intraceuticals 02 treatment––a favorite among celebrities and their less-famous shadows––which uses hyperbaric oxygen technology to tighten, lift, and plump the face.
Divine Skin & Body Care also staffs a personal trainer and a weight-loss specialist, both of whom help clients to pinch inches and commit to a healthier lifestyle. The resident reiki master promotes physical and emotional well-being with Japanese reiki sessions personalized with strokes that address the clients' most urgent areas and a rendition of "Danny Boy" that replaces "Danny boy" with the client's name and gender.
Voted Diablo magazine readers' 2009 pick for Best Waxing, La Di Da Beauty Lounge offers an array of aspect-augmenting services and products designed to help Bay-area beauties enhance their natural splendor. ¬Femmes can freshen up their everyday freshen-up with a professional makeup lesson ($75), and special-occasion makeup sessions ($55) ensure looks earn wows at any gala or black-tie barn raising. La Di Da's expert beauticians groom brides for matrimony with its wedding-day packages (starting at $70) and waxing services (starting at $10) groom them for an aerodynamic slip down the aisle. Today’s Groupon may also be used for a wide range of take-home products, allowing radiant looks to be refreshed when that new-face smell starts to wear off.
Lucia Papale and the staff at Remedy Skin Care Center engineer a broad lineup of therapeutic and aesthetic services with products from brands such as Dermalogica and Intraceuticals. Pooling their varied experiences, the team melds their diverse backgrounds in massage therapy, bodywork, medical skincare, and physical rehabilitation for Iron Man competitors. Just as the best authors never use the same word or word twice, the center's aestheticians regularly attend continuing-education seminars to fortify every treatment, such as cleansing facials and exfoliating microdermabrasion. Each service begins with a one-on-one consultation so that therapists and aestheticians can tailor therapeutic massages or permanent-makeup applications to each client's particular situation.